With the Fishes
do dying urban centers need to keep them afloat when everything and
everyone has long since moved out to the suburbs? A gimmick, of course,
like the Arch in St. Louis or, even cooler, a Rock n Roll
Hall of fame like Cleveland has! Too bad those ideas were already
taken, and the only thing our leaders could think of is resurrecting
the long dead Aud and turning it into a massive Bass Pro outdoor shop,
along with a hotel and restaurant.
Bhopal to You
BHOPAL DISASTER had its 20th anniversary last week, and so was duly
(and briefly) commemorated in the inside sections of a few American
is unlikely, however, that any public figures are going to pay tribute
to what happened 20 years ago this week. Which is too bad, because
as far as America is concerned, the week of Dec. 9 to 16 was the more
important week of the Bhopal disaster. That's when we got over Bhopal.
I was first invited by Dr. Stephen Smith to speak at Winthrop University
in South Carolina, I was preparing a trip to Haiti and I didn't give
much thought to how I would handle the engagement. I'd just finished
being pole-axed by a bout of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and it was
everything I could do to just pull the Haiti trip together. So I didn't
pay much attention to the person who would appear with me - one Patrick
Clawson - to represent "the other side" in a forum/debate
billed as "What Next in Iraq? A Post-Election Perspective."
your last rag/magazine complaining about the last Presidential elections
made me laugh. You commies have nothing better to do but insult our
President, our country and our troops. You all should go back and
help your fellows brothers in the Ukraine, where there really was
a corrupted and stolen election.
Top 10 Hacks of the 2004 Election
- GEORGE WILL, NEWSWEEK: Will uses big words and pompous literary
references to dress up what are basically the brutish and vulgar thinking
patterns of a non-union meat-packing plant owner. He is a pig in a
from intellect and worthwhile rhetoric in Utica, NY for the last few
months, I have made a habit of visiting political discussion boards
online for a dose of informed bantering and arguing. I tend to gravitate
towards conservative cyber communities because I generally prefer
arguing to agreeing.
of the Litter
4am on a winter night, and I'm parked on a dead end street near Kaisertown.
Its a secluded corner of the city I found by driving around
aimlessly. I'm new to town, and penniless after buying my van with
$700 I squirreled away the last time I got a paycheck. That was 7
months ago. Over those months, I managed to live off a few hundred
bucks while sleeping in a warehouse closet and helping some friends
make a TV show to try selling to a network.
Evil, Must be Destroyed
is a bad and inconvenient thing. It must be stopped. That's why so
many of us environmental scientists voted for Bush. He recognizes
that endangered species are tasty, that Yellowstone is the most awesome
place for snowmobiling in the whole world, and that those horrible
California Redwoods are home to Satan himself.
Cool for School
the decomposing cesspool of Buffalo's public schools, City Honors
has long been regarded as something of a gem. In fact, it is widely
regarded as the best school the city has to offer, with the brightest
wondering what the next phase of the Republicans' invasion of their
country will bring should consider El Aguacate airstrip in Honduras.
In 2001, 185 bodies were dug up there: the victims were the 'terrorists'
and 'enemies of democracy' of the day.
time to face some unpleasant facts, Buffalo. This country may not
be the best place for us anymore. On November 2nd, we all bore witness
to a terrible turning point in our history; a bad lifestyle choice,
if you will. We had the chance to reject the increasing madness of
our nation's leadership, their blind march to pointless war and craven
desire to take advantage of us in every manner conceivable, and we
blew it. America has spoken, and it said "duh."
or 4-Hour Erections
history is any guide, the DLC will spend the next four years trying
to find a pious bomb-thrower to put up as the nominee- unless, of
course, the poll numbers in a few years' time show that Barack Obama
is good-looking, black and charming enough to get the party over the
hump using the same basic playbook that worked so swimmingly this
Ultra-cynical Ways to Beat the Republicans
did the Democrats lose? At least in part, it's because they thought
that being right would actually work in their favor. Let's face it,
logic doesn't mean squat in politics. People say there's too much
cynicism in politics today, but we think there really isn't enough.
Cynicism works. The Republican Party has embraced it, and it has worked
wonders for them. The Democrats have made some progress in this area,
but they are still lagging badly. If there's any hope for the blue
states, they must learn the lessons of Machiavelli and Rove. To help
them along, the BEAST offers these suggestions.